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Snow blizzards kill 20 in three western districts; dozens go missing

- Ekantipur Report, POKHARA
Snow blizzards kill 20 in three western districts; dozens go missing

Oct 15, 2014-

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens other missing in blizzards and avalanches in three western mountainous districts. Twelve people including four foreigners died in Mustang district and five foreigners among eight dead in Mustang district.

The cyclone Hudhud in south eastern part of India caused sudden weather change across the region, triggering heavy rains, blizzards and avalanches in Nepal.

Five persons each died in the two districts of Manang and Mustang. Four Canadians and an Indian tourist have been killed after being trapped in snow at the bordering region of Fu VDC and Kongma-La Pass in Manang, police said.

According to the police, the dead bodies were found buried in snow. Deputy Inspector of Police Rajendra Babu Regmi informed that police are searching for the missing bodies. Helicopter has been dispatched to the region to collect the bodies, he added.

Meanwhile, four persons have been found dead following a heavy snowfall at Dumpcamp of Mustang district.

Of the deceased, two are Polish nationals, one Israeli and one Nepali. The foreigners were caught in the heavy snowfall while they were descending towards Muktinath after crossing Throng La Pass along Annapurna circuit trekking route.Five Polish and four Israeli tourists were rescued alive from the calamity, according to Mustang's Chief District Officer Baburam Bhandari.

A joint rescue team comprising security personnel from Nepal Army and Nepal Police reached the site for the rescue .   

The local authorities came to know about the incident only on Tuesday evening. Search and rescue for the other missing people is underway, CDO Bhandari said.

3 Yak herders also killed

Likewise, three Yak herders were killed in an avalanche in Nar and Fu villages of Manang, RSS reported. Those killed have been identified as former Chairman of Nar VDC, Furba Lama, 47, and Dhyang Chok Lama, 30. Identity of the third one has not been ascertained.

Mustang and Manang districts have been experiencing heavy snowfall following rainfall since Monday.

Weather pattern across the country changed suddenly since Monday due to the impact of cyclone Hudhud in India, triggering rainfall and snow blizzards. 

 

 

Published: 15-10-2014 12:54

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